Ch 371
Environmental Chemistry


SPRING 2008

Instructor: Dr. Arlene Courtney, NS 112
Office Hours: MW 9-11, W 1-2 (other hours by arrangement)
Text: Spiro & Stigliani, "Chemistry of the Environment", 2nd Edition
Course Description: This course will explore current environmental issues and the chemistry behind them.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Date
Topic
Text Reading
Other Assignments
PART I. ENERGY
3/31

Energy Flows & Human Energy Consumption

Lecture Notes

Population Growth

Ch 1

Energy Basics Module
Energy Consumption Module & Project

Historical Perspective

Population Growth Assignment
Solutions To Problems

4/02

Fossil Fuels

Lecture Notes

Word format

Ch 2:2.1-2.3 Coal
A Brief Fossil Fuel Primer
Energy from Fossil Fuels
4/07 Fossil Fuels

Lecture Notes

Word format

Ch 2: 2.4-2.7 Oil Resources and Reserves Assignment
Looking for OIl and Gas
A Prospecting Primer
Theory of Distillation
Reformulated Gasoline Use Under the 8-Hour Ozone Rule
Fuel Economy Impact Analysis of RFG
Primer on Gasoline Prices
Octane Rating
Exxon Valdez; Environmental Recovery
4/09

The Nuclear Processes

Lecture Notes

Word format

Ch 3:3.1-3.6 Particle Decays?
4/14

Nuclear Power

Lecture Notes

Word format

Ch 3.7-3.9

Some Chemistry of Uranium
Uranium:A Radioactive Clock
A Fission Movie
About the A-Bomb
Chernobyl
Control the Power Plant
Fusion
Nuclear Submarines

Tour the Paducah Uranium Enrichment Plant
Depleted UF6 Videos
Radioactive Waste Management
Non-Electricity Uses of Nuclear Energy

 

4/16

Three Mile Island

 

Energy Consuption Project Due

Three Mile Island:The Inside Story
Nuclear Power Plant Simulator Game
What Happened a TMI:Step by Step
Chernobyl Accident

4/21

Environmental Implications of Hanford

Take the virtual tour of the:

Hanford Nuclear Reservation

USDOE Hanford Site: First Five Year Review Report (may be a long download on a home computer)

 

Population Project Due

Hanford Clean-up Hits Bumps
One Cleanup Project Finishes
Hanford News Archive

4/23

Renewable Energy: Solar Energy

Lecture Notes

Word Format

Ch 4: 4.1-4.3

Oil Resources Project Due

Solar Cells: How They Work

4/28 Renewable Energy: Solar Energy


   Midterm Exam file (to be used as word processor document)
4/30

What's Up with the Weather

   
5/05

Renewable Energy: Geothermal

Exam #1 Due

Ch 4: 4.5-4.8
A Geothermal Environment Field Trip need speaker/headphones (large file long download on a slow computer hookup)

Introduction to Geothermal Energy
Geothermal Energy from the Cascades
Geothermal Energy Worldwide
Klamath Falls Geothermal Field Development and Usage
Geothermal Power Plant Virtual Tour
How an Enhanced Geothermal System Works

PART II. ATMOSPHERE
5/07

The Greenhouse Effect

Lecture Notes

 

Ch 6: 6.1-6.5

Earth's Radiation Balance
Layer Model Approx. of the Greenhouse Effect
Atmospheric Structure & Circulation
Impact of Clouds on Radiation Balance
Atmospheric Composition, CO2
The Carbon Cycle, Methane
Nitrous Oxide
Global Warming Potential
Climate System &Climate Predictability
Climate Models

5/12

Oxygen Chemistry

Stratospheric Ozone
Lecture Notes

 

Ch 7

Ch 8: 8.1-8.3

 Ozone
Ozone Hole Animations
Microwave Ovens Churn Water
5/14

Destruction of Ozone

 

Ch 8 8.4-8.7 Ozone Depletion, History & Politics
Ozone & the Atmosphere
Nobel Prize Research
Man-Made Chemicals, CFC's
Science of the Ozone Hole
Nature's Own Organohalogens
5/19 Air Pollution (photochemical smog)

D.1-2

Ch 9: 9.1-9.2

Pollution from energy consumption
Acidity
Acid Rain & Forests
Urban air pollution in the Arctic
Download SPOTS
Oxygenated Gasoline
Watered Down Hairspray

Book Review Instructions

 

 

5/21

Air Pollution (acid rain)

Ch 9: 9.3-9.4 Flue Gas Desulfurization
Environmental Effects of SO2 Trading & Banking
PART III. HYDROSPHERE
5/28

Properties of Water; Water as an Ecological Medium

Exam #2 Due

Midterm exam file (Word .doc)

Link to Materials for Take-home Exam

Ch 10-13 Water
AMD Mitigation
6/02

Water Pollution & Water Treatment

Book Review Due

Ch 14  
PART IV. BIOSPHERE
6/04 Pest Control Ch 15 & 16 Bioaccumulation
Organochlorine Compounds
Should DDT Be Banned?
Rachel Carson
6/09 FINAL EXAM DUE


GRADING SCALE
EXAMS 3@100 pts

300 pts

A: 450-418 pts
B: 391-373 pts
C: 346-328 pts
D: 301-283 pts
F: Below 270 pts
Projects 60 points  
Reviews 40 points

 



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